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Friday, June 26, 2009

Floatin' Powa News Service: Oymerikan Velvet Gulag

NYT: Hamas Leader Hails Obama for New Tack
New tack? Looks like the same three old nails to me.
The leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas said Thursday that he welcomed what he called “new language” by President Obama toward the group.

The remarks by the group’s leader, Khaled Meshal, appeared to be part of a tentative outreach by Hamas to the United States in recent weeks.

Analysts have speculated that Hamas may want to try to reach out to the Obama administration in the hope of breaking out of its international isolation and easing the Israeli blockade of Gaza, which Hamas controls.
Freed Hamas politician urges Israel to accept truce
Hudna, hudna hudna KABOOM!
"Let Israel be clever enough to extend this kind of truce as much as they can, so that there will be a generation which will put aside any kind of dispute and reconcile," he said. "I have repeatedly advised the Israelis," he added.

"I told them that a new generation will grow instead of young people strapping explosive belts on their waists saying I want to kill myself and kill my enemy."
FBI Initiates Official Traitorous Act: Outreach to Hamas
I have been telling you for how long they will be legitimized
as will Hez'b'Allah
as was the PLO/ Fatah....
Oymerika, behold your Caliph Fate:

Today, FBI Executive Assistant Director Tom Harrington is meeting at FBIHQ with Imam Majid of the ADAMS Center in Sterling,VA. Imam Majid is also the Vice-President of the Islamic Society of North America - a known Muslim Brotherhood entity and un-indicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation Trial in Dallas in which all defendants were found guilty of leading the Hamas front group. This was the largest terrorism financing trial in the history of the United States. This meeting today follows yesterday's official decision by FBIHQ to use ISNA as their official point of contact with the American Muslim community.

ISNA is one of the largest and most prominent Muslim Brotherhood entities in the US. The Brotherhood was founded in Egypt in 1928 with two objectives (which are their same two objectives today): implement Islamic Law and re-establish the global Islamic Caliphate. Their creed, which is still their creed today, includes "...martyrdom in the way of Allah is our highest inspiration."

Israel gives Palestinian forces more freedom of operation
Suicide Solution

US, Syria, Iran, Hamas
Oh my.

Hamas rejects Israel peace vision

Yes. Hamas are rejects.

Hamas rejects 'Jewish state' demand
The leader of the Palestinian group Hamas's political bureau has refused to recognise Israel as Jewish state. At the same time, Khaled Meshaal has endorsed the idea of a two-state solution, accepting the creation of a Palestinian state within 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. The comments came in an address to supporters in the Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday

Fatah Movement to hold its first conference since 20 years
Top Fatah Leaders agreed to hold the first Conference of the Movement since 20 years in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank and that during the upcoming month of August. Officials said that Fatah Revolutionary Council agreed with a majority of 67 votes in exchange for 11 to hold the meeting after Egypt and Jordan refused to host the same.
Fatah Boasts About Lynch Murder Of Two Israeli Soldiers In 2000

Shalit will supposedly be transferred to Egypt as part of a larger prisoner swap
We will see.

Lebanon: Assembly re-elects Hezbollah ally speaker

Hizbollah and Hamas wary of election protests
Iran’s allies around the region – from Hizbollah and Hamas, the anti-Israeli movements, to the government of Syria – are closely watching events in Iran, as opposition protesters continue to try to call the Islamic republic to account over this month’s disputed presidential election.“This is an unprecedented crisis and has the potential to shake Iran’s foundations,” said Amal Saad Ghorayeb, a Hizbollah expert at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. “That instability is going to be very worrisome for Hizbollah and Hamas, and let’s not forget Syria.

Doctor tells how Neda Soltan was shot dead by Ahmadinejad's Basij

Iran / Basij

Iranian Cleric: Protesters at War With God
WTF Is NOT punishable by death under Islamic law, hmmm?
In a sermon at Tehran University on Friday, Ahmad Khatami described the demonstrators as rioters who wage war against God ("moharem"), a crime in Islamic law, punishable by death
Mousavi Web site: 70 professors detained in Iran
Seventy university professors were detained in Iran in a widening government crackdown on protesters, according to a Web site affiliated with Iran's key opposition figure, Mir Hossein Mousavi
G8: Glow Ballin' Mullers Mulling Mullahs

IRAN: Reasons behind Iran's absence in G8 meeting

Germany appeals for more business in Iraq, Syria

Syria eyes $30 bln foreign investments

Syria expects to attract $30 billion of foreign private investment in the next five years, as it encourages Islamic banking development and opens up its economy, the finance minister said on Thursday.

The government is "serious" about supporting the development of Islamic finance in the country which has partially opened to private enterprise after decades of nationalisation and state control, Mohammad Al-Hussein told Reuters.

"We are now interested in supporting Islamic finance in Syria," he said on the sidelines of The International Arab Banking Summit 2009.

"We will open a representative office in Brussels soon to have a closer cooperation with the EU," Ihsanoglu told reporters after the meeting.

Ihsanoglu said that the Belgian government and OIC had initialled the agreement on mutual commitments regarding the inauguration of the office.

Islamists Carry Out Amputations in Somali Capital

The US has confirmed that it has sent weapons to Somalia's UN-backed transitional government

Ihsanoglu, Clinton stress better OIC-US relations
BTW Albright's father was Queen Condi of the Amalekites mentor.
In his ongoing tour of the United States and Belgium, the OIC Secretary General Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has taken up several issues of global importance and has met with many top leaders including former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright.

A scheduled meeting with Hillary Clinton, the present US Secretary of State, at the State Department had to be rearranged for a later date as she is recuperating from a medical operation.

However, Prof. Ihsanoglu had an extended telephone conversation with her and exchanged views on ways and means to further the engagement between the OIC and the US in the coming period, according to Maha Mostafa Akeel, the Managing Editor of the OIC Journal. Secretary Clinton is said to have offered her thanks for the OIC’s positive response to President Obama’s Cairo speech while the Secretary General stressed the necessity of translating the goodwill statements of the President into policies and also implementing those policies through concrete programs and projects.
OIC Secretary General concludes his visit to Washington DC
In Washington D.C., the Secretary General addressed think tank meetings organized by the Atlantic Council and Rumi Forum, gave a press conference at the National Press Club
Islamic Bloc Chief Urges Appointment of New US Envoy
OIC secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu was in Washington on Tuesday when the State Department, in an internal memo, announced that it has selected a “special representative to Muslim communities.”

The department chose not to announce the move publicly, but State Department spokesman Ian Kelly on Thursday acknowledged that Farah Pandith has been chosen for the position. Pandith, a Muslim of Kashmiri origin, served as “senior advisor for Muslim engagement to the assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs” in the Bush administration.
U.N. special envoy Gambari to visit Myanmar on Friday

US, China pledge effort to avoid sea confrontations

Beijing Adds Curbs on Access to Internet

Chinese intellectuals take on the state over dissident

A group of prominent Chinese scholars and lawyers has issued a bold appeal for the release of top dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was arrested this week on charges of attempting to overthrow the country’s socialist system.
Brimming with Nuclear Bombast, North Korea Warns Foes

Turkish-American cooperation in the broader Eurasian region
Eurasia is now the premier competition ground for all major international actors vying for power, influence and resources. The importance and the meaning of the magnitudes of broader Eurasia, which for the purpose of this article refers to Asia, Europe plus the Middle East put together, need no elaboration. Most of the world’s population, wealth and energy resources are there.

Russia and China are contenders for super-power status. In addition to France, Germany and the United Kingdom, other states such as India, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey have joined the competition for spheres of influence. Issues of security, economy and energy beset the region. There are ongoing conflicts, so-called frozen conflicts and potential conflicts. Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in 1997, "Eurasia is the world's axial super continent. A power that dominated Eurasia would exercise decisive influence over two of the world's three most economically productive regions, Western Europe and East Asia." Clearly, the stakes are high, making future balances and power relationships in the region of critical importance for the overall stability and prosperity of the entire globe.
Pak-US anti-Taliban strategy doing well, says James Jones

NATO on the offensive in Afghanistan: Dutch general

Afghan focus at NATO's first Central Asia talks

Russian court orders retrial in Anna Politkovskaya murder case

Top US Military Officer Arrives in Moscow for Talks
With his hat in his fucking hands.
The admiral said he will be seeking a better understanding of the Russian military's view of the missile defense plan, which top Russian political leaders have sharply criticized.

The US Wants to be Friends with Russia!

US military chief to talk missile defense in Russia visit
Be my friend, Vlad Fadda?

Medvedev Says Russia's Allies Should Aid US
I do you favor. Later you pay.

Putin blasts Russian supermarket chiefs over pricey sausages

State Department Caspian Energy Chief Hired By ExxonMobil
U.S ExxonMobil Company gave employment to U.S ex-extraordinary ambassador to the Caspian Sea Steven Mann to support its operations in post-Soviet countries, the Energy Intelligence Group said. Mann took the position of U.S ambassador to Turkmenistan and played an important role as special envoy in the Caspian region under President George Bush in realization of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline project, the Energy Intelligence Group said. ExxonMobil operates in Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, as well as seeking opportunities for activity in Turkmenistan.
Senior Turkmen Visit Highlights US Dilemma
REPENT Oymerika. It is already too late ....
This week, Meredov is in Washington although neither the Turkmen Embassy nor the U.S. State Department is discussing his agenda.

The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has said it will always stand up for human rights, over which the Turkmen government is much maligned.

Turkmenistan is, for all practical purposes, a closed country, and Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov rules it with an authoritative hand. Political opponents have been imprisoned, and the only media allowed are those who support the government.
Turkmen Energy Cooperation With US Could Accelerate
All hail the American Night.


Kyrgyzstan: Radioactive Legacy Vexes Bishkek

Chinese government grants Kyrgyzstan 80 million yuan
The city administration will spend money on its own discretion.
Kyrgyzstan Says Slain Militants Were Uzbek Nationals

Dozens of arrests of Islamic extremists in Tajikistan mosque

Experts: Identified uranium resources may increase up to 15%

Russia's Medvedev seeks uranium deals in Namibia

Russian president talks with Namibia on uranium

Oil, Gasoline Surge After Attack on Shell Pipeline in Nigeria

Nigeria 'to release key militant'

Zimbabwe army 'runs diamond mine'

Wave of Bombings Continues in Iraq

FACTBOX: Fields eyed by oil firms in Iraq

Iraq's first postwar oil bidding for oil contracts

Serbia charges Kosovo ex-rebels for war crimes

Weak dollar is good for Greater China markets
No Dolla! YEN!

China's Central Bank Pledges to Keep Money Flowing

Japan Sanctions Citigroup for Lax Money Laundering Controls

The agency said it has found "fundamental problems" with Citibank Japan's compliance and governance systems for detecting and monitoring suspicious transactions including money laundering. The bank also lacked a sufficient system to control dealings with "anti-social forces," a term used in Japan to describe organized crime groups.
And The Winner Is... Goldman Sachs

The Fourth Branch of the US Government: Goldman Sachs?
Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you America’s Financial Branch of the Government: Goldman Sachs.

Trying to detail exactly how integrated Goldmanhas become to the Federal Government would be like trying to track the peanut butter swirls in Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl ice cream. Indeed, with the exception of Ben Bernanke and a few other officials, Goldman Sachs provided all the lead characters for the Tragic Comedy that is our latest Financial Crisis. Central to the entire mess is Hank “the Hammer” Paulson, our former Public Money Privatizer, or Secretary of the Treasury as he is commonly known.
Smithfield to Offer $500 Million in Notes, Seeks New Credit Pact
The world's largest pork processor and hog producer also said it has begun arranging a new $1 billion asset-backed credit facility to replace its current U.S. revolving credit facility. The new pact will include an option to increase the available credit to $1.3 billion in the future. It is also negotiating a new $200-million term loan expected to mature in August 2013 to replace a same-sized one due two years earlier. Smithfield said it will also use the proceeds from the note offering for general corporate purposes.

Fed Douses Purchases Talk, Urges Investors to 'Relax'

A look at some of the Fed e-mails on BofA, Merrill

THE SMOKING GUN: Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank, in a Dec. 20 e-mail to other Richmond Fed officials: "Just had a long talk with (Federal Reserve Chairman) Ben (Bernanke). Says they think (Bank of America's threat to back out of Merrill purchase) is irrelevant because it's not credible. Also intends to make it even more clear that if they play that card and then need assistance, management is gone."

Lacker added, presumably tongue-in-cheek, "Forgot to tell him (Lewis) is near retirement."

(Bernanke on Thursday denied ever threatening to oust Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis and said he never told anyone else to, either).

Fed Extending Many Emergency Lending Programs
or not.....

Fed Trims Emergency Lending Programs as Crisis Wanes
Papa, I got me dem headline whiplash blues again...

Bernanke Grilling May Weaken Case for Expanded Powers

Regulatory Reform: A Primer

Grassley Presses Obama on Watchdogs
RAT Board! Indeed.
In addition to the five inquiries, Grassley is also concerned with the establishment of the Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability (RAT) Board, the panel tasked with overseeing the distribution and use of economic stimulus dollars. He said the body will have a "chilling impact upon the independence" of government watchdogs, citing an obscure part of its authorizing legislation that requires inspectors general seeking information on potential waste, fraud or abuse of economic stimulus dollars to clear such investigations with the board.
Survival of the Richest: Obama's Corporate Stimulus Package

The EU's 'Nationalization by Regulation'

Europe's approach to regulation is really stealthy nationalization.

Swiss court declines to rule on UBS clients

UBS tries to block healthcare banker exodus to Jefferies

Sweden to sign off on $700 mln loan to Iceland

Obama nominates former Bush administration official for FCC post
Repeat after me: You do not have two parties.

Genachowski Confirmed to Head FCC
As widely expected, Julius Genachowski was approved by the full Senate on Thursday to lead the Obama-era FCC. The Senate also returned Republican Robert McDowell to a second term as commissioner.

In addition to the confirmations, President Obama announced yesterday that he plans to nominate Republican Meredith Attwell Baker as commissioner and also confirmed the nomination of Mignon Clyburn to replace Jonathan Adelstein. The 41-year-old Baker is the former head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and former point person on the government’s digital-TV-to-analog converter-box-coupon subsidy program.

If confirmed, Baker would be the last administration pick for the five-member FCC and take the Republican seat vacated by Deborah Taylor Tate. Baker had been with the NTIA since 2004, when she joined as a senior advisor. Before joining the NTIA, Baker was vice president of Williams Mullen Strategies and, before that, director of congressional affairs at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association. Her resume also includes working in the legislative-affairs office at the State Department.

She is the daughter-in-law of former Secretary of State James Baker.

Clyburn, a South Carolina public service commissioner is the daughter of one of the most powerful members of Congress, House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C. No nomination hearing has been set for Clyburn.
US Attorney Christie told a House panel Thursday that the contracts he gave political allies while prosecutor were proper.

Obama hints at amnesty for illegal immigrants

US military cyberwar force will work with NSA

The long wrangle among the US military about who gets to be in charge of cyber warfare and who gets all the resulting pork appears to have been settled. Questions remain, however, regarding the level of America's readiness to take offensive military cyber action against enemies presumably overseas.

Reuters reports that the main decisions on the US military cyber command were announced yesterday at the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Robert Gates signed an order to create the new organisation, intended to be based at Fort Meade outside Washington and subordinated to the head of the US National Security Agency (NSA), widely believed to be the most powerful crypto, intercept and eavesdropping agency in the world.

Holder pushes for hate-crimes law
Attorney General Eric Holder stepped up his call for the passage of federal hate crimes legislation Thursday, arguing that the federal government needs to take a stronger stand against criminal activity fueled by bias and bigotry.

US Senate Holds Hearing on Hate Crimes Legislation
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today thanked the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding a hearing on the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (S. 909). The legislation, which was passed in the U.S. House by a vote of 249-175 in April, would provide local police and sheriff’s departments with federal resources to combat hate violence.

The hearing included an appearance by Attorney General Eric Holder, the first time an Attorney General has testified in favor of this legislation, and written testimony from Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

“We appreciate the Senate for holding this hearing and urge action on hate crimes legislation before the August recess,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “After more than a decade and nine successful votes in Congress, there is no good reason for any delay on bringing this bill to the President’s desk. Too many families have been devastated by hate violence. We must finally pass this bill and start the important steps to erasing hate in our country.”

The Office of Intelligence and Analysis Mission
The Office of Intelligence and Analysis Mission
As Secretary Napolitano recently stated, the number-one responsibility of DHS is preventing terrorism. Terrorism is the reason DHS was created. More specifically, it is the reason that 22 legacy agencies were joined together. To that end, the primary mission of I&A is to be the recipient and developer of intelligence that creates the kind of situational awareness that we need to stop a terrorist plot in its tracks and save lives.
EFF sues for publication of FBI domestic surveillance manual
If you wanted to know what guidelines the FBI sets for itself internally to govern the surveillance of US citizens, you'd be out of luck. The document that the FBI looks to for guidance in protecting your civil liberties from its own snooping is itself a secret, so the EFF has filed suit to have it released.
Subcommittee Examines DHS's and NIST's Cybersecurity Efforts
Today, the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation held a hearing to assess the cybersecurity efforts of the Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology ( NIST ). DHS oversees cybersecurity for all federal civilian networks. NIST develops and promulgates the cybersecurity standards for all federal civilian networks. Subcommittee Members reviewed the agency’s current cybersecurity programs and received advice from private sector experts about how the federal programs could be enhanced to improve private sector infrastructure, the monitoring of federal networks, and the definition of cybersecurity performance with metrics and success criteria.
Obama chooses head of DHS management
Management of what exactly? This thing does not say...
Obama has chosen Rafael Borras to be under secretary for management at the Homeland Security Department.
I know, let's ask Frau Bruno:
Human Capital.....
He has more than 25 years of experience in budget and financial management, information technology, procurement and human services—preparing him well for overseeing the Department’s finance, human capital, facilities, information technology, procurement and security offices. In his new role, Rafael will lead efforts to promote and establish greater efficiency and transparency while playing an integral role in unifying the Department and its many components,” said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Supreme Court: Strip search of 13-year-old student was unconstitutional

Raytheon Recognized by the Department of Justice
Raytheon Company has received a U.S. Department of Justice award for its fiscal year 2008 small business subcontracting accomplishments. Raytheon Information Solutions received the award for giving small businesses significant work on the FBI's Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) program.
NY: Former health commissioner takes plea deal, avoids prison time
She took the term "civil servants" a tad too literally.

Moore denies knowing FEMA warehouse construction went against law
Gary Moore, director of the Allegany County Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security denied on Thursday knowing that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s building of a warehouse at Mexico Farms might have been illegal.”

According to the Associated Press, a federal Homeland Security Inspector General report said FEMA “ignored the law and misused millions of dollars to build two warehouses after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, according to government investigators.”

The report, to be released later today, shows that about $7 million was misspent and that “FEMA had no authority to use appropriated funds to construct the two buildings,” including the one at North Branch Industrial Park, investigators said. The report said FEMA officials violated a prohibition against agreeing to spend money without congressional authority.
Emanuel: Yes, I talked to Rep. Israel
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said the Administration did nothing wrong by telling Rep. Steve Israel not to run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a Democratic primary next year.
Chico man charged with using SUV to assault anti-abortion protester
[insert crickets here]
Imagine if it were an anti-abortion protester running his SUV into a pro choicer -
It would knock Michael Jackson's perished ass right off the front page...
A man who allegedly used an SUV in an attempted to run over an anti-abortion protester Wednesday outside of the Planned Parenthood office, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
Matthew R. Haver, 40, was arrested by Chico police for allegedly trying to hit James Cantfield, 69, of Chico.

No Job? Need Money? Sell Your Eggs to the State!
New York has become the first state to allow taxpayer-funded researchers to pay women for giving their eggs for embryonic stem cell research, a move welcomed by many scientists but condemned by critics who fear it will lead to the exploitation of vulnerable women.
Speaking of feeding Moloch ~
Ritual sacrifice of children in Uganda
Following many reports of children being killed in ritual sacrifice, a new wave of pressure has been launched to force an end to the practice in Uganda. Children marched through the streets of Kampala on June 18, raising the awareness of the public and also reminding the citizens that child sacrifice is one of the most cruel things one can do to a child. The march ended up at Parliament Building.

Local non-government organisation Action for the Rights of Children (ARC) organised the march to Parliament on June 18 to present the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga with the petition. Ingrid Naiga of Green Hill Academy eloquently condemned the practice. "We ask Parliament to criminalise child sacrifice," she appealed.
Women Kiss Obama Sculpture
Brittany Bajent (L) and Amanda Meyer kiss an eight-foot-tall sculpture of the head of U.S. President Barack Obama as it sits on display in the Grant Park area of downtown Chicago, Illinois June 13, 2009. The 20-foot-tall bust, which includes the top part of a suit and a pin of the American flag, is created by sculptor David Adickes and will be placed with 42 other sculptures of previous presidents made by Adickes at the President's Park in South Dakota
Sri Lanka arrests astrologer for gloomy predictions
To the Gulag with you, Prophet of Doom!

Jet-Mounted Radar Looks for Earthquake Zones

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